“Hi everyone... My name is Patty Grove and I’m so excited about our trip to Cornwall. I moved to South Carolina from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where I lived for 35 years. I’m originally from Winston-Salem, NC so I was excited to move back to warmer weather. My husband Scott is a pilot for Delta Airlines and I was a flight attendant until I retired 3 years ago. After spending so many years on an airplane, I am so happy to be able to enjoy time at home now. I love living on Lake Keowee and love the new friendships I’ve made since moving here. We have two daughters who are “forever students” in grad school. (One lives in Santa Barbara, CA and one in Chapel Hill, NC.) I love spending time outdoors and I also love to knit. My newest hobby is playing pickleball. I’m really looking forward to our trip and am excited to learn about a part of England that I’ve never had a chance to visit. Safe travels to everyone… see you in Cornwall!”
“My husband and I moved to SC in retirement in 1991. We lived on Lake Keowee until his death in 2008. We loved it, especially Clemson football and baseball. Fast forward to 2018 when, in March, I moved to Foothills Retirement Community in Easley where I live independently in a patio home. I have become very active in activities here. It has been the best decision I’ve made on my own. I love traveling, having been to Italy twice, Australia and New Zealand twice, Greek Isles, Ireland, the British Isles (including a half-day in St. Ives!), and most recently a river trip from Vienna to Amsterdam. I look forward to this trip and meeting y’all!”
“I’m Sue Wheeler. My husband and I retired 6 years ago and went searching for a retirement home. We feel so lucky to have found Seneca/Lake Keowee, just a tad different than New Mexico where we lived for a long time. I retired from a career as a nurse, and my husband worked in the Los Alamos National Labs.
We now enjoy traveling, boating, pickle ball and lots of socializing with our new friends. I’ve been fortunate to have travelled some, but it will be my first time to Cornwall and am really looking forward to it.”
“Hello Fellow Travelers,I am Catherine (Cathy) Spragins of Pendleton, a widow of 2 years I am sad to say, mother of 3 children and Nana to 6 grandchildren from Vermont to Anderson, SC. I was a nursing instructor for 46 years until retirement in 2008. I love traveling - have been to all the US states (including Alaska and Hawaii) and all the European countries plus many places in Africa, Central America, and Haiti. I went on 15 medical eye surgery mission trips thru my church (Ft. Hill Pres.) and now go on non-medical mission trips. My husband and 2 younger children and I lived near Bristol, England for a marvelous year while John was on sabbatical from Clemson U. Gardening takes up lots of my time now, along with volunteer activities and church. I have been packed for Cornwall for 2 weeks so could leave tomorrow, ha ha! See you soon!”
“Hi, I'm Charlene Clark Finucan... Born and raised in Miami, Florida. Spent summers in the Florida Keys. From sun up to sun down beach combing… including cousins 8 of us kids!
I met my Sweetheart of 51 years at 21… Rick, had moved from Pittsburg, PA to Ft. Lauderdale, after seeing the movie..."where the boys are." He always said, "Where the girls wear bathing suits, not coats!"
AND… To think we ended up back in the cold of Atlanta. When our daughter Traci married, she had just graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's in California. She and her new husband, Michael (we call our bonus Son) had just taken the Bar in GA and wouldn't take the Florida Bar… sooo we packed up, left our condo on the beach and moved to Georgia.
After our son Kip Graduated from Loma Lynda University, he also moved to GA... Our grandkids (daughters) Triplets now 20-year-old sophomores at GA and Alabama. Kip's son also a sophomore at Georgia Southern and a daughter a senior in High School.
We fell in LOVE with the lake in 2002... coming across the bridges on Hwy 130 took our breath away! It reminded us of the Florida Keys, looking at the sunset. We had built 2 homes on the open water in Key Largo and raised our kids weekends and summers... and to think our grandkids could be raised on the lake was such a blessing. We have had Nana Camp... Holidays... and a place they call home!
Happy Trails ahead... soooo looking forward to my first trip to England! And very excited to be traveling with Pattie, Pat and Sue who I met through the OLLI group on our trip to Ireland. My first big Adventure was to Alaska with 25 friends from Seneca thru the New Comers Group.”
“I’m Pat Pankopp. I grew up in Pittsburgh but have spent most of my adult life in the Atlanta area. Three years ago my husband and I moved to Lake Keowee in Seneca. We have 2 married sons in Atlanta, 3 grandsons, and are expecting our 4th grandchild in March. I graduated from UGA and my husband is a Clemson grad. I am an avid reader and volunteer on the Oconee County bookmobile. This picture was taken in Cartagena in front of the Columbia style bookmobile.”
“I am Pam Howze, BFF to Cheryl Martin, one of the trip organizers. I am the wife to Gary and Mom to our 5 kids and Mimi to our three grandkids. We live in Durham, NC. I am an avid reader, love gardening, and I adore our cocker spaniel Muffin. I love to travel and have been to 15 countries. This is my second trip to England with As you Like It Tours. I am so excited to meet everyone and ‘Chillax’.”
“Hello, ladies. I’m Joyce Driscoll from Springfield, Pennsylvania. I met my husband, Steve, at 16 and we married at 19. A few years later we “back to the land”-ed it to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia where we bought a 100 acre farm. After a couple years of trying to live off the land (ha ha, funny story that…), we went back to school, and work, and proceeded to lead your typical establishment-type lives with way too much to do and not enough hours to do it all.
We have a son, Elrond (yes, a Tolkien reference) who is an aerospace engineer who is bored bored BORED! with engineering and so he’s taking 2019 off to travel parts of the world he hasn’t seen yet. Our daughter, Stephanie, is a graphic designer, living in Toronto, who loves… everything!
Steve and I moved to South Carolina a couple years ago to retire, although I’m not quite there yet. I am still running a counseling biz in West Virginia, thanks to Skype, and two rental homes on the New Jersey Boardwalk. Would you believe the condo rentals are more work than the counseling business?!
I used to be travel-crazy until I moved to Lake Keowee and found I lived at the best vacation spot imaginable. But lately….I’ve been thinking about traveling again. My husband does not like long airplane rides so traveling with this ladies’ group is exactly what I have been looking for.
Oh, one more thing, my present hobby is painting, so please, please share any great photographs you take!”
Dotti says: "We came from up north to Clemson for retirement about 25 years ago... When Clemson was still a lovely college village with its own personality. SIGH! I have 3 kids and like to bicycle, dance, travel, knit, sew."
"I am Jean Spearman. I am currently teaching at Camperdown Academy in Greenville, SC, which is a private school for students with dyslexia. Steve and I have been married for 28 years and have 3 children. Emily graduated from the Animation program at Savannah College of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. David graduated from Clemson in December '17 and will begin a Ph.D program in Economics at George Mason University this fall. Meg is studying Theater/Musical Theater at Marymount Manhattan College. My love affair with England began in 1984, when I spent a year at the University of Exeter on a Rotary Scholarship. I enjoy teaching literature and history, cooking for friends and family, reading, walking my dogs, and watching almost any British period drama. I am looking forward to spending time with each of you and hope you end up enjoying Cornwall as much as I do.
P.S. The attached photo was taken in Falmouth with Gary, our wonderful driver and guide."
"Greetings, fellow travelers! I’m Cheryl Martin, Jean’s trusty assistant, and here’s my story: I was born in rural North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco fields, NASCAR, and Baptist churches. After getting my BA in English at Western Carolina University, I married Jeff (the love of my life), completed my MA in English, moved to Clemson, and began having sons. Three, in fact: Thomas (wife Emmeline and our nearly 2-year-old grandson Wilder in Portland, OR), Sam (wife Jamie in Greenville), and Nate (single in Cincinnati). After thirty years in Clemson, Jeff and I moved to Greenville in 2016, where we continue to be blessed with a home that serves as a haven for sojourners seeking supper or conversation or a bed for the night. Because I love stories—those you find in books and those you hear in line at the grocery—my favorite “ministry” is finding ways to combine dinner and discussion (about literature or culture or personal stories). These days, I work a variety of part-time jobs to fund my trips to Portland.
This will be my eleventh trip across the pond, and it never gets old! I’m looking forward to our adventure with much joy. See you in just a few weeks! Cheers!
P.S. This photo of me was taken in 2016 at Lanhydrock House in Cornwall; the pink raincoat has been with me since 2004, my second trip to the UK!"